Download, print and complete the Home Energy/USF/Weatherization Program Application
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP or HEA is a federally funded pro- gram that helps low-income households pay for heating costs (includes: electric, natural gas, oil and other deliverable fuels). Even if your heat is included in your rent, you may qualify. LIHEAP grants are also available for medically necessary cooling costs. Applica- tions are accepted from October 1 through April 30. (See chart on next page for income limits). LIHEAP is administered by the De- partment of Community Affairs.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND (USF)
USF is a program created by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to help low-income households pay for their electric and natural gas costs. To be eligible for USF, your house- hold must: 1) Be income eligible (see chart) and 2) spend more than three per- cent of household income on gas and/or elec- tricity; (or spend more than six percent of household income on electric heating). Apply any time of the year. USF is administered by the Department of Community Affairs.
NEW JERSEY SHARES (NJ SHARES)
NJ SHARES provides assistance to households in need of temporary help paying their energy bills due to a financial crisis. Applicants must have a history of good-faith payments with their energy company and not be eligible for LIHEAP, USF, TRUE or PAGE programs. Call 866-657-4273 or go to www.njshares.org.
WINTER TERMINATION PROGRAM (WTP)
WTP protects residential customers from dis- connection of natural gas and electric service from November 15th - March 15th if they participate in: USF, LIHEAP, Lifeline Utility Assistance Program, Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Work First New Jersey/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Also, persons unable to pay their utility bills because of circumstances beyond their control may request the protection of WTP. Customers should make every effort to pay as much of their bill as possible during the WTP period to avoid a large overdue balance at the end of the WTP.
How do I enroll in WTP?
You must call your utility company and re- quest protection under the WTP and explain why you need this protection. For more information about the WTP, or if you have a com- plaint about your utility company, please call the Board of Public Utilities at: 1-800-624- 0241. You can also view the Utility Customer’s Bill of Rights at the website: www.nj.gov/bpu/assistance/rights/
The Lifeline Utility Assistance Program is for eligible low-income senior citizens and the disa- bled. Lifeline benefits help eligible homeowners and renters with electric and natural gas costs. Apply for Lifeline with the Pharmaceutical As- sistance for the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) ap- plication. Call: 1-800-792-9745 for more infor- mation or go to: www.nj.gov/humanservices/. Lifeline is made possible by the Board of Public Utilities and is administered by the Department of Human Services.
TRUE and PAGE Programs
TRUE and PAGE grants help low to moderate income households not eligible for LIHEAP or USF pay their natural gas and electric bills. Review eligibility requirements, print an appli- cation, find a local application agency or apply online at: www.njpoweron.com or call 732-982- 8710. TRUE and PAGE are made possible by the Board of Public Utilities and are adminis- tered by the Affordable Housing Alliance.
Weatherization is the installation of home energy efficiency measures to help reduce energy bills. Eligible participants are provided with:
1) A free home energy audit to see how energy efficient a home is and how much money can be saved on energy bills through weatherization.
2) Installation of recommended free energy efficiency measures, which may include energy efficient appliance replacement at no cost.
There are two free Weatherization programs in New Jersey:
COMFORT PARTNERS: Comfort Partners is an energy saving and education program for qualified low-income customers sponsored by the Board of Public Utilities’ NJ Clean Energy Program. Call 888-773-8326 or go to: www.njcleanenergy.com and click on “Residential” (electric and gas heat only).
WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: This Department of Community Affairs program assists qualified, low-income households in weatherizing their homes, improving their heating system efficiency and con- serving energy. Households that apply for USF or LIHEAP can check a box on that application to request weatherization. For more information go to: www.energyassistance.nj.gov.
Where to Submit:
OCEAN Inc. Atlantic: County Division
76 W. Jimmie Leeds Road Suite 103
Galloway, NJ 08205
Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M
OCEAN Inc. Atlantic: County Division: Home Energy Assistance
1125 Atlantic Ave. Room 624
Atlantic City, NJ 08401(609) 345-1359
Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
2 West Glendale Avenue
Pleasantville, NJ 08232609) 677-8202
Monday - Friday 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.